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General Information

Description - **Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**Being adjacent to Bluestone Lake, the state's second largest body of water, the area offers guests boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. Hunting is offered due to the wildlife management area status, and Bluestone has over 330 primitive campsites and picnic sites. Avid fishermen can enjoy float fishing and stocked trout fishing in Indian Creek. Hiking and equestrian trails are also popular. Boat rentals are nearby.

Attractions - Camping Areas

Indian Mills - 15 sites

Keatley - 15 sites

Bertha - 55 sites on lake

Mouth of Indian Creek - 94 sites on the New River

Shanklin's Ferry - 91 sites on the New River

Cedar Branch - 45 sites on the New River

All campsites are $11.00 year-round with senior discounts available.

Campground Occupancy

Check-out is 12 noon

Two motor vehicles per site

Only one camping unit per site (not per family)

Family camping groups may have 1-2 small tents

Non-reservable campsites are rented on a first-come,

first-served basis

Camping can only occur at numbered sites.

Alcohol is prohibited

No hunting in the campground area

Campers must register and pay at the check-in booth.

Dogs and cats permitted on a leash not more than 10 ft. in length

Horses permitted

No motorbikes or ATV's

Limited fireplaces and stoves

Do not leave fires unattended

Recreation -

Fishing (with required state license)

Hunting (with required state license)

Hiking

Horseback riding - Stable available for overnight

rentals

Canoeing

Boating

Picnicing

Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Location - Located in the southern part of the state, Bluestone Wildlife Management Area is accessible by several major highways. Take exit 139 (Sandstone/Hinton) off I-64 to WV 20 south and drive 5 miles. From the I-77 south, take the Athens Road Exit (exit 14) to WV 20 north, and travel 22 miles. Consult an official highway map for further details.


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Filed By: Jim O (Hinton, WV)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Camping at Bertha Campground located within the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area is highly recommended. I have never seen the campground crowded, and campsites located on Bluestone Lake are plentiful. Area is well maintained and clean. Plan ahead for your trip, the closest store is 10 miles away in the city of Hinton, potable water is not available, and firewood can be scavenged from the local woods, but is not plentiful close to the campground. Restroom facilities consists of port-o-potties, and are cleaned every two weeks, which is sufficient due to the low number of visitors to the campground. Fishing is excellent, and wild life viewing is spectacular, esp deer and wild turkey. The road to Bertha is 10 miles long, and is accessed from Greenbrier Drive in Hinton, follow the signs to the Bluestone Conference Center, the campground is located approximately 1 mile past the conference center. The road is narrow, has steep grades and numerous curves. Pulling a trailer to Bertha is a challenge, I do not recommend it. I average 25 miles/hour on the road, and I live here. Wildlife can normally be seen in the fields and woods alongside the road;the views are awesome. Camping fee is $11/night, the site is not manned, so the fee is placed in a lock box for later collection. Don't expect to see any park rangers etc on a regular basis. Cell phones do not work in this area!!!!


More Information

Contact Information:
Bluestone Wildlife Management Area, HC 65 , Indian Mills, WV, 24935, Phone: (304) 466-3398,1-800-CALL WVA
, bluestonewma@wvdnr.gov

Additional Information:
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